A new national survey from the Pew Internet & American Life Project illustrates just how ingrained video games have become in youth culture--a phenomenon with important implications for 21st-century learning.

The survey found that while young Americans don't necessarily play the same thing, nearly all of them--boys and girls--play video games of one kind or another.

And they don't just play by themselves. Nearly two-thirds play video games to socialize face-to-face with friends and family, while just over a quarter said they play with internet friends.

"It shows that gamers are social people," says Amanda Lenhart, a senior researcher at Pew who led


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